November 2, 2020

Free ASA Webinar Today—Temporary Covid-19 Standards

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “New State–OSHA Temporary Covid-19 Standards,” which identifies the various requirements of state emergency standards and strategies for staffing companies to ensure compliance with the standards while minimizing disruptions to their operations. It takes place today, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit

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ASA Advocacy Helps Defeat Predictive Scheduling Bill in Massachusetts

A two-year battle over legislation in Massachusetts that would have severely restricted the use of temporary employees by certain businesses ended when the bill was referred for study last week, killing it for the session.

The bill called for fast food, retail, and hospitality employers to provide their workers with written, good faith estimates of an employee’s work schedule upon hire, and 14 days’ advance notice of any new schedule. It also would have required that such employers pay employees additional compensation if they change employee work schedules on short notice. Finally, covered businesses would have been prohibited from using any third-party workers unless they first offer additional work to their existing employees.

ASA; the Massachusetts Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter; and lobbyist Murphy Donoghue Partners met with state lawmakers and submitted testimony urging that the bill be amended to explicitly exclude staffing firm temporary workers. Referral of the bill to a study committee last week ended further consideration for the year. However, it may be reintroduced when the 2021 legislative session commences in January, at which time ASA will continue its advocacy efforts.

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Take Advantage of This Week’s Section Networking Calls

Get insights from industry peers during sector-specific peer networking calls this week—discuss top-of-mind challenges and devise solutions with your colleagues as you deal with questions that are specific to your sector of the staffing industry. Calls are facilitated by volunteers from ASA section communities (participants will not receive official legal updates or guidance regarding Covid-19).

Get the full schedule and register at

  • Industrial section: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Professional–managerial section: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Health care section: Thursday, Nov. 5, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time

Networking calls are open to members of ASA sections, which are sector-specific communities that provide resources, webinars, town hall forums, and sector-specific news for member companies and their employees. To join a section, update your profile on ASA Central.

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